Diabetes could be a risk factor for severity and mortality in patients with coronavirus disease 2019 COVID-19. It has been hypothesized that DPP4 inhibition, a therapy currently available for type 2 diabetes, might represent a target for decreasing the risk of the acute respiratory complications of the COVID-19 infection but (1) lack of demonstration of SARS-CoV2 binding to DPP4 (2) possible protective role of sDPP4 in Middle East respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) (3) demonstrated inhibition and downregulation of DPP4 by HIV1 and MERS-CoV and (4) not exclusive role of the receptor binding in tropism of the Coronavirus family, support that DPP4 inhibition at present doesn't represent a plausible approach to mitigate COVID-19.
|Journal||Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice|
|Publication status||Published - May 2020|
- ACE 2
- COVID 19
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Internal Medicine
- Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism